Candle Safety TipS
A Little Wax Can Be a Big Safety Cushion
It may be tempting to burn your candle all the way down, but leaving just ½ inch of wax can protect you from accidental glass breakage or a candle fire. Why?
As a jar candle nears the end of its useful life, debris from previous burnings – such as bits of charred wick trimmings or perhaps matches that consumers wrongly dropped into the wax pool – can settle in the remaining wax.
Be candle-wise and practice the following safety precautions when burning candles:
Once there’s only ½inch of wax remaining, toss the candle. That “safety cushion” of wax is likely to contain leftover debris which, if burned again, could float near the flame and catch on fire, causing the candle or container to overheat. An overheated candle can scorch or burn the surface beneath it. Or worse, the tabbed base of the wick might float across the liquid wax, allowing the flame to come in contact with the glass, which could cause it to crack and possibly result in a fire.
That’s why it’s so important to remove any debris from the wax pool each time before burning a candle...and why the National Candle Association urges consumers to leave ½ inch of solid wax remaining in a container candle rather than trying to burn every last bit of wax.
Leaving that small amount of unburned wax is not wasteful, it’s a safety precaution designed to protect you and your family against an accidental fire or damage.
Always keep a burning candle within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before
going to sleep.
Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from
furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper,
flammable decorations, etc.
Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Do
not place lighted candles where they can be knocked over
by children, pets or anyone else.
Trim candlewicks to 1/4 inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks cause uneven burning and dripping.
Always use a candleholder specifically designed for
candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy
and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
Be sure the candleholder is placed on a stable, heatresistant
surface. This will also help prevent possible heat damage to counters and table surfaces and
prevent glass containers from cracking or breaking.
Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and
debris at all times.
Always read and follow the manufacturer's use and
safety instructions carefully. Don't burn a candle longer
than the manufacturer recommends.
Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans
and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning
and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting. Drafts can also blow
lightweight curtains or papers into the flame where they could
Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Don't burn too many candles in a small room or in a
"tight" home where air exchange is limited.
Don't burn a candle all the way down. Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the holder or container. For a margin of safety,
discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remains or ½ inch if
in a container.
Never touch a burning candle or move a votive or container candle
when the wax is liquid.
Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a
glass holder. It might scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon
Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This is to make sure they don't melt one another, or create their own drafts
that will cause the candles to burn improperly.
Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle. It's the
safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering.
Never extinguish candles with water. The water can
cause the hot wax to splatter and might cause a glass
container to break.
Be very careful if using candles during a power
outage. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are
safer sources of light during a power failure. Never use a
candle during a power outage to look for things in a closet,
or when fueling equipment - such as a lantern or kerosene
Make sure a candle is completely extinguished and
the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.
Extinguish a candle if it smokes, flickers repeatedly, or the flame becomes too high. The candle
isn't burning properly and the flame isn't controlled. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, then check for
drafts before re-lighting.
Never use a candle as a night light.